Hillary Clinton Says Misogyny Played A Part In Her Loss She's Right

Tue, May 2, 2017
lt TAG START player "HuffPost Default Player Click to Play", for "Huffington Post" lt TAG END date 5217 Hillary Clinton got the internet talking about misogyny again. On Tuesday,nbspClinton agreed that hatred of women played a role in her defeat last November. Speaking at a Women for Women event in New York, she initially blamed her loss on herself, FBI Director James Comey and Russian hackers. Did misogyny also play a role asked journalist Christiane Amanpour. ldquoYes, I do think it played a role,rdquo Clinton said, echoing comments shersquod made in April to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. She said she would go into more detail in her forthcoming book, due out in September. Apparently, her remarks made people curious about the word ldquomisogyny.rdquo MerriamWebster tweeted that lookups for ldquomisogynyrdquonbspjumped 10,042 percent, making the word its ldquo1 lookup.rdquo Itrsquos unclear what exactly those numbers mean. The percentage hike sounds like a lot, but it could very well have been an increase from one lookup. Still, people are thinking about misogyny, and thatrsquos good because misogyny, gender bias and sexism are everywhere. If we want to advance gender equality, we need to talk about this. 39Misogyny39 is our 1 lookup right now. httpst.coQEbyFNwQqImdash MerriamWebster MerriamWebster May 2, 2017 Clintonrsquos experience of sexism is singular No other woman has ever come so close to the Oval Office. But itrsquos also mindachingly universal. ldquoMisogyny affects women every day, often in very small and repetitive ways,rdquo said Michelle Ryan, an organizational and social psychologist at the U.K.rsquos University of Exeter. ldquoItrsquos often unremarkable because it is so pervasive. It becomes almost background noise. What is noteworthy about the misogyny faced by Clinton is not its content that is, unfortunately, oh so familiar but rather that it happened on such a big stage.rdquo A new batch of antiHillaryClinton buttons popped up outside Donald Trump39s rally tonight pic.twitter.comVxKkxSS2Wemdash Jenna Johnson wpjenna May 3, 2016 Misogyny poured out in the antiClinton rhetoric during the campaign All those terrible remarks, posters and chants about her looks. Donald Trumprsquos absurd ldquonasty womanrdquo comment during a presidential debate. The fact that so many voters judged her untrustworthy for not being forthcoming about those emails while supporting her opponent, who lied with breathtaking regularity. And just imagine how Americans would have reacted to her joking about sexually assaulting men. I would say the reason why Hillary Clinton lost is because of dishonesty not misogyny also bc she thought celebs would win it for her httpst.coiSkM4YmuMsmdash Grim Reaper GrimReaper913 May 2, 2017 Women are held to different standards than men. All over corporate America, in academia, in journalism, loudly overconfident men regularly beat out better qualified women for jobs. Irsquove worked with countless competent women over the years who were deemed ldquobitchesrdquo because they had the audacity not to smile very much while working.nbsp Irsquove lost track of the number of people who said they just didnrsquot like Clinton but couldnrsquot express why. Part of it surely had to do with wellstudied expectations about gender roles Women are supposed to be submissive, compliant helpers. Men are leaders. And when men and women switch roles, people go a little bonkers.nbsp For women in leadership roles, this creates a double bind. If you act like a leader, yoursquoll be called out for being a bitch. If you attempt to act ldquonicely,rdquo yoursquoll be judged an ineffectual leader. So female CEOs and politicians and many other women walk a tightrope. Clinton endlessly sought to recalibrate her appearance, to amp up her warmth, to get people to like her. Even in defeat, after winning the popular vote, she was extra nice. According to a Fortune magazine analysis going back to 1952, Clinton was the first losing presidential candidate to apologizenbspin her concession speech for not winning. To be clear, Irsquom not saying Clinton didnrsquot have other problems. She brought to the election a long record, some parts of it more admirable than others. And, of course,nbspmany voters didnrsquot agree with her policy positions.nbsp Still, the hurdle remains Lots of Americans donrsquot like it when women aim for the ultimate power. Remember, Clinton was a wellliked secretary of state. She was unthreatening then when she reported to a man. the fact that this is even a question rather than an accepted truth is so telling though httpst.cocABh30dLXOmdash jessalyn reid jessalynsays May 2, 2017 You could even see the bias in the reaction to Clintonrsquos comments on Tuesday. ldquoItrsquos completely plausible that Comey or Russia or misogyny made the difference,rdquo Philip Rucker wrote in The Washington Post. ldquoBut lsquoabsolute personal responsibilityrsquo suggests you are taking total accountability for the outcome.rdquo Itrsquos unclear why ldquototal accountabilityrdquo would mean refusing to recognize the obvious. This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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